Citrus County got more rain this weekend than it normally gets for the entire month of April.

It didn’t set any rainfall records, as in other parts of the state, but Citrus certainly got its share.

The county received about 3 inches of rain, the vast majority on Sunday. The historical average for the month is 2.7 inches, said Mark Fulkerson, chief professional engineer with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

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“I wouldn’t call it a record by any means, but certainly a good amount of rain that our region was in need of,” Fulkerson said.

All that rain caused area lakes to rise about 3 inches in a day, he said.

“It’ll take about 12 days for those 3 inches to naturally drop, so the weekend rainfall essentially held back the dry season a bit,” Fulkerson said.

April is normally one of the driest months of the year in Florida.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting mostly dry conditions to start the week. The only real chance of rain is Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 30% chance each day, the NWS said.

According to the NWS, record rainfall on Sunday was reported in Tampa (2.02 inches); Lakeland (2.40 inches) and Fort Myers (2.05 inches).

This weekend’s rough weather produced two reports of tornadoes: In Bradenton and Winter Haven.

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